Congress didn’t pass a spending bill by midnight Tuesday. Any government functions considered “nonessential” are shut down, including Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park.
Tuesday morning, Park employees put up barricades and a sign about the Park’s closure. A couple from England, planning to tour the birthplace, was one of the first to be turned away.
It’s a scenario playing out across the country: The Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park – all 401 National Park sites are closed.
Superintendent Bill Justice said he hoped the Park would be re-opened in time for Lincoln Days this weekend. But, that all depends on what Congress does between now and then.